Clever, goofy, gentle. It is a cross between the Bernese Mountain Dog and any size Poodle, of course! The breeding process for having bernedoodles is the same for having goldendoodles. They, like goldendoodles, can be bred for different sizes and the coats can be straight, wavy, or curly. The bernedoodle is strikingly beautiful and many puppies carry the black, tan, and white coat colors of the Bernese Mountain Dog, while poodles have a much wider range of coat colors and patterns. Because of this pairing, bernedoodles can be tricolor but they can also be pure black, black and white, brown and white or a random mix of colors and patterns.
Temperamentally speaking, bernedoodle fans boast that this mixed breed has the best of both worlds. Sarah Hodgson, author, trainer, and applied behaviorist with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, loves the bernedoodle temperament. “As a trainer, I’ve been watching their star rise for over 10 years,” she says. “What I love about this mix is that when you get a bernedoodle from a mindful, responsible breeder, you get the sweet, mellow temperament of a Bernese blended with the sociability, smarts, and sense of humor of a poodle.” Bernedoodles were bred solely for companionship, so they love attention and lots of cuddles from their families. They are just as happy curling up on the couch as they are hiking a trail alongside their humans. They’re playful and active dogs who can be willful as puppies but are highly trainable thanks to their big brains. Personal space is not a part of their vocabulary, and they should not be left alone much.
They’re the perfect family dog and have a special fondness for children with the added bonus of a non-shedding coat!